Poaching and Firm‐Sponsored Training

39 Pages Posted: 11 Feb 2019

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Jens Mohrenweiser

Bournemouth University

Thomas Zwick

University of Würzburg - Business Administration & Economics; Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW); Maastricht University - Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA)

Uschi Backes‐Gellner

University of Zurich

Date Written: March 2019

Abstract

A series of seminal papers argues that poaching hampers company‐sponsored general training. Empirically, however, the existence and extent of poaching remain open questions. We provide a novel empirical strategy to identify poaching. We find that only few apprenticeship training firms in Germany are ‘poaching victims’ or ‘poaching raiders’. Victims are more likely to be in a temporary downturn and raiders are more likely to be growing. Victims hardly change their training strategy after poaching and poaching seems be a transitory event. This is an important result for countries that intend to introduce apprenticeship‐type training and need to convince firms to participate in training.

Suggested Citation

Mohrenweiser, Jens and Zwick, Thomas and Backes‐Gellner, Uschi, Poaching and Firm‐Sponsored Training (March 2019). British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 57, Issue 1, pp. 143-181, 2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3331217 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjir.12305

Jens Mohrenweiser (Contact Author)

Bournemouth University ( email )

Fern Barrow
Poole BH12 5BB, Dorset BH8 8EB
United Kingdom

Thomas Zwick

University of Würzburg - Business Administration & Economics ( email )

Sanderring 2
Wuerzburg, D-97070
Germany

Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) ( email )

P.O. Box 10 34 43
L 7,1 D-68161 Mannheim
Germany

Maastricht University - Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) ( email )

P.O. Box 616
Maastricht, MD6200
Netherlands

Uschi Backes‐Gellner

University of Zurich

Rämistrasse 71
Zürich, CH-8006
Switzerland

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